Top 20 Percentile Cut Off Marks For 2020 Class XII Exam

Last Updated on by Arindam Moitra

Class 12th boards are scheduled for March 2020. Boards have an integral importance because you need to be in the top 20 percentile scores cut off marks. JEE Main is the premier engineering entrance test in the country. Around 2 lakh candidates appear for JEE Main every year to get admission in their preferred engineering college. 

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The minimum eligibility for JEE Main is to qualify 10+2 with atleast 75% marks for General Category or be in the top 20 percentile from a recognized educational board. SC/ST or PWD Candidates must secure atleast 65% marks or top 20 percentile marks according to their category for JEE Main 2020.

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Only eligible candidates will be able to download JEE Main admit card releasing from December 17, 2019. Otherwise, you will not be able to download it on the specified date. Admit card will be available only on the official site of NTA.

If you have not secured 75% marks in XII board exam, you still have an opportunity to appear in the exam basis on top 20 percentile marks.

Top 20 Percentile Cut off Marks

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Top 20 Qualifying Percentile for IITs and NITs

The list for top 20 percentile for each state and other education boards will be published on the official site of JoSAA. Separate lists will be published for admission to IITs and for admission to other institutes such as NITs, etc. Candidates can find below the top 20 percentile for JoSAA 2020 and JoSAA 2019.

Top 20 Percentile (State Wise) JoSAA 2020 JoSAA 2019
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Importance of Class 12 scores in JEE Main Examination

After the announcement that Class 12 scores will no longer be used for merit list, these have just become an eligibility criterion for admission into the IITs. JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) states that, to be eligible for admission into IITs, a candidate needs to fulfill any one of these requirements:-

  • You must be in top 20 percentile of successful candidates (category wise) in Class 12 of respective board or qualifying examination
  • Candidate must have scored at least 75% marks in Class 12 board examination or equivalent exam. This limit for SC, ST and PwD candidates is 65%.

Fulfillment of any one condition from these two will make candidate eligible for admission into IITs, but there are some rules for calculation of score obtained by candidate in class 12th. Let us take a look at them:-

Important rules for calculation of Class 12th marks for admission into IITs

The score will be calculated as follows:-

  • Marks of a candidate will be considered for any 5 subjects (i.e. out of 500). In these 5 subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory. In addition to these, 1 language subject will be considered and one more subject except the 4 already considered will be counted
  • If a candidate has 2 language subjects, subject with higher score will be considered
  • If marks in any subject are not awarded out of 100, then such score will be scaled to make it out of 100. For example, if a candidate has scored 60 out of 80, his/her marks will be taken as – (60/80)*100 = 75
  • If a candidate appeared for Class 12 exam in 2018, and appears for improvement in any one or two subjects in 2019, than marks obtained in 2018 will be considered
  • If a candidate appeared for Class 12 exam in 2018, but appears for improvement in all 5 exams in 2019, then scores of year in which he/she scores more will be considered

Top 20 percentile cut off marks for 2020 Class 12 exam

Top 20 percentile cut off marks for 2020 will be declared after class 12 examinations of participating boards. Although any huge deflection in the cutoff marks is not expected, but still the cut offs can vary due to factors like number of candidates appearing in exams, difficulty level of exams and other such factors.

Here is a list of 2019 cutoffs for admission in IITs. This will help you get fair idea of expected cutoff for 2020:

Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education 474 470 457 452 452
Assam Higher Secondary School Council 364 359 348 300 300
Bihar Intermediate Education Council 313 307 300 303 300
Central Board of Secondary Education 431 420 400 385 385
Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education 374 380 362 355 355
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations 427 408 391 366 366
Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education 370 357 336 316 316
Gujarat Secondary Education Board 367 344 336 316 316
Haryana Board of Education 406 400 383 303 303
Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education 375 361 355 358 355
Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education
Jharkhand Academic Council
Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education 419 400 346 360 346
Kerala Board of Public Examinations 446 425 400 396 396
Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education 343 344 326 323 323
Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education 309 310 305 302 302
Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education
Mizoram Board of School Education 359 342 345 347 342
Nagaland Board of School Education 349 362 335 318 318
Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education 331 302 276 276
Punjab School Education Board 406 403 388 392 388
Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education 401 403 385 379 379
Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education 425 431 392 383 383
Tripura Board of Secondary Education 348 330 304 304
Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education 355 344 331 337 331
Uttaranchal Shiksha evam Pariksha Parishad
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
National Institute of Open Schooling 351 338 334 332 332
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 400 400
Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 469 418 452 378 378
Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan 429 421 387 387
Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad
Haryana Open School, Bhiwani
Telangana Board of Secondary Education 467 464 454 456 454

Calculation of Top 20 percentile cut off marks

Candidates must understand that percentage score and percentile score are two completely different things. A percentage score tells the score obtained by a candidate when maximum marks are equated to 100. On the other hand, percentile tells that how much percentage of students have scored below a particular score.

For example, if a candidate says that he has scored 85 percent marks. This means that out of every 100 marks, he is getting 85. If total is 200, his marks will be 170, if total is 300, his marks will be 255 and so on.

But if a candidate says that he has scored 85th percentile, it means that 85 percent if all the students that have appeared in the exam have scored less marks that this candidate.

The general formula to calculate percentile is:-

We will take an example to know it better. Let’s say a total of 20000 candidates appeared for an exam. Out of these, all 20000 students got a score above 30%. Similarly, 15000 scored more than 50%, and only 500 students scored above 90%. From this data,

  • Percentile of student scoring 30% marks will be:- [(20000 – 20000)/20000] * 100 = 0
  • Percentile of student scoring 50% marks will be:- [(20000 – 15000)/20000] * 100 = 25
  • Percentile of student scoring 90% marks will be:- [(20000 – 500)/20000] * 100 = 97.5

The example given below may help a bit more in understanding percentile calculation:-

Comparison of Cut off Marks of National Boards

At the moment, there are 3 major national boards in JEE. These are, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC). If we compare the cutoffs of these 3 boards, it is quite clear that CBSE and ISC have higher and pretty close cutoffs, while NIOS lags way behind and has lower cutoffs.

NIOS’s cut off for 2019 and 2018 in General category are 351 and 332 respectively. While for CBSE these are 431 and 430, and for ISC these are 427 and 443. So, to be eligible for IITs from CBSE and ISC, you will need to work really hard and will need to score at least 85-90% to be on the safe side.


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